Borussia Dortmund now sit bottom of the Bundesliga after Sunday’s loss to Eintracht Frankfurt, but the coach insists he will not walk away
Jurgen Klopp has ruled out the possibility of resigning from his role as Borussia Dortmund coach following a 2-0 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt which leaves his side bottom of the Bundesliga.
Goals from Alexander Meier and Haris Seferovic gave Frankfurt all three points and doomed BVB to 18th place in the league following wins for Stuttgart and Werder Bremen. Last season’s runners-up now find themselves 22 points behind leaders Bayern Munich.
Despite the awful domestic form, though, Klopp insists he will not quit his post unless he is told by the club that there is someone else who can turn the team’s fortunes around.
“The game fits into our cabinet of curiosities,” he said after their eighth league defeat this term. “The opponent doesn’t need to do much to score a goal, yet we do a lot for nothing. This is the situation.
“I am responsible and as long as no one comes and says ‘we have someone who can do it better’, I cannot go yet.
“As long as there is no better solution then I cannot leave. The responsibility that I feel is great. If it’s just that our luck has run out and a new coach will bring back good fortune then call someone and give me a guarantee, then I will make way. But it is not easy.”
Dortmund’s fans made their frustration clear at the end of the match by whistling the players off the pitch and Klopp admits he sympathises with the supporters.
The coach said: “I can understand the displeasure of the fans, it is perfectly fine, but the team still tried everything.
“We wanted to improve our situation dramatically but we didn’t succeed. We will continue nevertheless. We do a lot for nothing and to break through that is a big challenge.”
The club’s sporting director, Michael Zorc, has insisted there is no intention from the club for the 47-year-old’s six-year stay at the helm to come to an end.
“Jurgen assumes responsibility and we are 100 percent confident that we come out of this with Jurgen there,” he said.
Dortmund player Sven Bender pulled no punches in his assessment of morale in the dressing room, stating: “The mood is at rock bottom. It is a really difficult situation. It’s a bitter day.”